RANS and time averaged URANS simulations of a pin bank are compared quantitatively and qualitatively to full 3D mean velocity field data obtained using magnetic resonance velocimetry (MRV). The ability of the CFD to match MRV velocity profiles through the pin bank is evaluated using the SST turbulence model. Quantitative comparisons of the velocity profiles showed an overprediction of peak velocity by the CFD at the first pin rows, and a smaller oscillatory error that diminishes as it moves through the pins, resulting in better matching towards the exit.

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